CamelBak The Capo hydration pack £74.99

Tidy yet tough

BikeRadar score 4/5

The Capo’s 14-litre capacity is deceptive. For months we’ve been transporting everything from riding kit to boxes of dog food in it and it always seems to find a way to fit it all in. There’s a sizable main pocket with handy netted and pouch sections, along with a smaller unit up front for tools, tubes and other fiddly bits.

You also get lower straps for attaching rolled up jackets and so on. The flap at the front easily accommodates a helmet or a pair of riding shoes. We particularly like the Velcro strips around the ends of all the straps, which help prevent that ‘octopus on a rollercoaster’ look.

New for 2011 is Camelbak’s Andidote three-litre bladder which incorporates the Quick Link system. The large lid opens with only a quarter of a turn and loads easily into the pack thanks to a plastic lip, and the hose can be snapped on and off in milliseconds. The straps and padding are comfortable and there’s a removable waist strap that’s handy for longer descents.

The detail even extends to MP3 headphone cable routing and a transparent ID pocket. in short, we love this pack. Its function is as good as its looks and after tons of abuse it’s still looking fresh. it’s the first pack we grab on the way out the door.

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